Sixty minutes is the time we spend watching some genuinely good, interesting and educational programs on Television. Sixty minutes is the time we spend watching one half or one third of a football or baseball game on television. Sixty minutes is the time we spend watching our favorite detective, comedy, or variety show on the tube.
Sixty minutes is the time some spend going to and from work. It’s less than the time we take to go shopping for something we really need or want.
Sixty minutes is less than the time it takes us to read a good book. Sixty minutes is more than the time most of us take (in one day, in one week, in one month, in one year) to read the Good Book. Sixty minutes is the time it takes to write a letter to the editor about something which concerns us. Sixty minutes is the time we spend being mad and frustrated about something which concerns us but about which we do nothing except get mad and frustrated.
Sixty minutes is the time it takes to visit a sick or shut-in friend or acquaintance. Sixty minutes of peace and quiet in the form of silent prayer and meditation each week provides strength, guidance, insights, and a measure of peace. Sixty minutes spent doing something for someone else helps us feel like a million dollars.
Sixty minutes is a long, long time for a hungry child awaiting dinner. Sixty minutes is a short, short time in the years of life. And yet we only have so many periods of sixty minutes allotted to each of us. So our use of them becomes in Christian language a question of Stewardship.
Sixty minutes’ worth of income, one fortieth of one’s average weekly income, is more that many people give to the Church with which they are affiliated. Sixty minutes worth of time each week is more than most people give to the Parish of which they are members.
Imagine what could be done if everyone gave at least sixty minutes of weekly income and sixty minutes’ time out of the week’s 10,080 minutes to the Church of St. Stefanos.